It seems that there are others who are telling of the importance of water baptism. Here is a pastor’s blog post (Sept. 1, 2016) from Forum Christian Church in Columbia, Missouri.
You will inevitably hear people say some negative things in response to these beliefs about baptism. Let me address them one at a time. “You are watering down the gospel.” So if you’re teaching that baptism is not at all a part of the gospel, why did Jesus make it sound so important in His Great Commission (Matthew 28:18–20)? Did He not tell His disciples that it was related to making disciples? The parallel in Mark 16:16 says that “he who believes and is baptized shall be saved.”
Next, the cults teach that baptism is part of salvation. Well, many of them also teach that marriage is between one man and one woman. We are not going to be able to condemn all teachings of the cults as false. They will undoubtedly get some things right.
Maybe you have heard the charge that you are adding to the gospel of grace. Let’s just look at Paul’s writing in Romans 6:3–5.
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
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Let’s look at the text quoted above. Do you see Christ and His sacrifice on the cross? Yes. Do you find grace here? Yes. It is evident that by grace we have been saved by God’s gift of His unique Son, Jesus, who lived among the people of the first century. God so loved the world that He gave. Jesus so loved us that He gave. If we want to be united with Him, should we not be baptized into Him? I planted some pumpkin seeds a few years ago in my front yard. I did not realize the plants would grow so big that they would take over the entire front yard. This can be related here. If you have seeds in a package, you have the potential inside the package for plants to grow. But it is not until they are actually planted that you can see growth and they then will be identified as a specific kind of plant. We are planted or buried with Christ into His death at the time of our baptism. We rise up to newness of life, united with Christ. We see grace in Romans 6; we see a union; we see baptism. Why do we continue to separate? This is not adding to anything; this is simply expressing Bible ideas. God bless you as you continue to search for truth.